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Hi guys new to the forum and loving looking around so far although i may end up spending a fortune on all the bean recommendations! Seems like a great community of knowledgeable folk with that in mind i am going to bore you all with another grinder question.

 

I have a gaggia classic and recently got a bottomless portafilter for it, i was expecting to pull lovely looking shots like my local coffee shop - shout out little bird coffee house, Inverness, Scotland! - however as you can imagine i ended up with a disaster of multiple sprays everywhere!

 

I presumed it was my poor tamping technique, grind size, dose size, pressure issue with the gaggia or a cheap basket but after spending a few quid and a lot of trial and error it appears to be my shoddy grinder that is the problem - if i had come here before then i maybe would have started there! I figured this out as when i go to buy fresh beans from the local roaster they always offer to grind them for me to which i usually decline but this time i said yeah and i got them ground for espresso, home loaded up the 18g VST and behold, a lovely shot!

 

At the moment i just have a Cuisinart dbm8 grinder, so you know, you can imagine how silly i feel thinking this would make a decent espresso!

 

So, time to upgrade.

 

Budget £2-300

Will take new or used.

Probably just be used for espresso and can use the cheap grinder for filter still?

 

Whats the consensus? would love to jump on the niche bandwagon but a bit rich for my tastes!

 

Thanks for your responses to the same old post, appreciate it - and if anyone has anything for sale DM me.

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Plenty of good used grinders on the forum for that money


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Well, it may be worthwhile modding your cuisinart with some shims before you totally give up on it. There are a few videos on YouTube that show you how to do it and it won’t cost you any more than a few quid in sticky back aluminium foil and about 20 mins of your time. You could then save a little bit more and go for, dare I say it, a niche.

 

I couldn’t get a fine enough grind from the standard Cuisinart for espresso, so I tried modding it as it was all I had to play with and I was genuinely able to get a reasonable espresso grind from it. Obviously this will void your warranty but, it may be worth giving it a try in the short term.

 

The Cuisinart has it's faults, which are many, but as a cheap little grinder it can be made to give an almost adequate grind.

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Well, it may be worthwhile modding your cuisinart with some shims before you totally give up on it. There are a few videos on YouTube that show you how to do it and it won’t cost you any more than a few quid in sticky back aluminium foil and about 20 mins of your time. You could then save a little bit more and go for, dare I say it, a niche.

 

I couldn’t get a fine enough grind from the standard Cuisinart for espresso, so I tried modding it as it was all I had to play with and I was genuinely able to get a reasonable espresso grind from it. Obviously this will void your warranty but, it may be worth giving it a try in the short term.

 

The Cuisinart has it's faults, which are many, but as a cheap little grinder it can be made to give an almost adequate grind.

 

I actually didn't realise you could mod it at all! i'll check that bout thanks!

Still want to get an upgrade in the near future though, i might have to save for a niche or pick up a SJ on eBay and restore!

 

Thanks for the input!

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Where abouts are you? I've got a couple of good Mazzer Royals that I may sell at around your price point.. but I wouldn't want to ship them (they're too heavy!)


Lots of everything: machines, grinders, roaster, beans, tampers, baskets, blah, blah

However - Too much is never enough!

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